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Rees's Pieces of Information August 2016

Ready or Not, Here They Come…..

I trust everyone had an excellent summer and is rested, relaxed, and ready to start the new school
year! The MISD Faculty & Staff had an awesome summer & an excellent week of preparation. The first
day of school was positive, productive, and made us all proud. Thank you to our committed group of
professional educators for all their hard work getting ready for a successful school year!

In our Back-­-to-­-School Convocation, MISD Employees heard the powerful story of Classroom Teacher
Rita Pierson entitled, “Every Kid Needs a Champion.” Through her humorous and thought provoking
message we all learned that “kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” We also were treated to
a lesson in public relations from Friends of Texas Schools Co-­-Founder Leslie Milder. In her
presentation, she implored educators to become involved in getting out the real story about the
positive things happening in today’s public schools.

I personally challenged each MISD Family Member to focus on #CAR and #misdpremiere. The main
takeaways being content AFTER relationships and the use of social media to tell the awesome stories
of what is happening in our schools and classrooms.


Montgomery ISD Embraces Social Media Head-­-on
To start the 2016-­-17  school year, Montgomery ISD made the decision to “unblock” certain social
media programs like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The reason for the change is to allow the
MISD Family to participate in a social media campaign to promote the positive things happening in
our schools and classrooms. The children in our classrooms today do not know a world without social
media and many of today’s elementary parents cut their teeth on MySpace. They are well versed in
the intricacies and uses of social media. To that end, MISD wants to challenge our staff to use the
social media tools at your disposal to communicate with your parents and students when appropriate.
As our presenter at convocation, Leslie Milder of Friends of Texas Public Schools, so aptly put it,
“PUBLIC EDUCATION YOU HAVE AN IMAGE PROBLEM.”  And that is the truth—it is an image problem and not
a reality problem. Here is your opportunity to show your stuff, allow your kids to demonstrate
mastery, and promote a positive, proud, and productive image of your classroom or program.   

With the implementation of social media use, it is important to remember there are school district
policies that govern the use and allowable practices for such mediums. Bottom-­-line: create a
classroom or activity specific social media account (do not use your personal account). Only invite
parents, or current students to participate and keep the message positive, proud and productive. 

I am trying to lead by example, so please follow me on twitter @beaurees & thanks for taking the challenge!


Kudos: (ku·dos)

Noun: Praise and honor received for an achievement.

•   The 2016-­-17 Montgomery ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year is  Shannon Torcoletti   from
Madeley Ranch Elementary  School.  

•   The 2016-­-17 Montgomery ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year is Laureen Thompson from Montgomery
High School.  

•   Montgomery ISD has earned a Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from GFOA and
ASBO for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report!!!!  
Congratulations to our Finance Team and entire District for
taking care of those hard earned tax dollars!

•   Montgomery ISD has earned a Superior Rating on the State of Texas’ annual Financial Integrity
Rating System of Texas (F.I.R.S.T.).  Congrats again Finance Team!  

•   Shout out to the MISD Maintenance Staff & Campus Maintenance Technicians.  Thanks to your
tireless efforts over the summer, our campuses and facilities look, smell, and feel like a million
bucks!  We could not be a Premier school district if it were not for you!!!!!

•   Shout out to the MISD Child Nutrition Department.  Thank you for all your efforts in providing
fresh, healthy, and good tasting food for our students and staff!


Did you know MISD has a new telephone system? We’re so big we even have our own exchange (276), automated receptionist, and everyone has a voice mail!

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